Good Morning Britain presenters Susanna Reid and Bill Turnbull discussed the headlines on Tuesday morning’s show. Political commentators Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce were invited onto the show the top stories of the day, but Bill was amazed when they explained a news story about localised Coronavirus restrictions.
Government advice has emerged urging people not to travel in and out of areas hardest hit by the Indian coronavirus variant unless necessary.
The new guidance applies to Kirklees, Bedford, Burnley, Leicester, Hounslow and North Tyneside.
It says people in these affected areas should try to avoid meeting indoors.
However, the government has received criticism after the guidance was published online without an announcement on Friday.
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“They could have had the local MPs in there talking about it,” Andrew said in agreement.
Susanna replied: “Well, certainly Public Health England officials. It’s very – it seems very odd.”
Andrew said: “It’s a cock up,” with Kevin adding: “Yes it’s a mistake.”
“But, I’ll just come back, I don’t think it’s forgivable now at this point,” Kevin concluded.
Some of the affected local authorities said they were not consulted about the new advice, with North Tyneside Council saying officials did not know about it until Monday.
Blackburn with Darwen’s director of public health Dominic Harrison addressed the news in a post on Twitter.
He said the affected areas “were not consulted with, warned of, notified about, or alerted to this guidance”.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.